Two ways to seed gypsophila
I have a long-awaited acquisition – I finally found gypsophila seeds in a flower shop and immediately bought myself two varieties. Please tell us how to grow gypsophila from seeds? Is it possible to sow them in the spring immediately on a flower bed?
For lovers of miniature flowers, gypsophila is a real treasure. Its small, white or pinkish, inflorescences abundantly cover a fairly decent-sized bush, creating a lovely and delicate flower cap. This herb from the clove family grows freely in natural conditions. In home floriculture, gypsophila also found its place due to its spectacular compact appearance and completely unpretentious nature..
Most often, gypsophila is grown from seeds. It can also be propagated by cuttings, but this method only applies to perennials and requires some effort from the grower, since cuttings do not always take root. A more reliable result is given by the seed method, we will talk about it in more detail.
Gypsophila seeds have good germination and retain it for 2-3 years.
Gypsophila is represented by two types of plants: annuals and perennials. Depending on which species the flower belongs to, two methods of seed reproduction are distinguished:
- sowing seeds of an annual plant directly into open ground;
- growing seedlings of perennial flowers in seedling containers indoors.
When to sow annual gypsophila?
The seeds of annuals are sown in a special growing bed, where they grow up until they are transplanted to a permanent place. You can do this:
- before winter, in the middle of autumn;
- spring, late April – early May.
Bushes sown before winter are transplanted to a flower bed next spring, and grown spring seedlings – in September.
When to start growing perennial seedlings?
Sowing gypsophila seeds for seedlings should be at the end of March. To do this, a light and nutritious substrate is poured into shallow bowls, moistened well and the seeds are scattered over the surface, sprinkled on top with a thin layer of soil. Shallow grooves can be made immediately if desired..
The plate is covered with glass on top and placed on a warm and light windowsill. Until the seeds all germinate, the glass is not removed, but simply periodically ventilate the greenhouse and moisten the soil. After the emergence of seedlings, they are either thinned out, leaving at least 15 cm between the seedlings, or they immediately dive into separate cups.
The seedling method of growing gypsophila requires the installation of additional lighting. The minimum daylight hours for seedlings must last at least 13 hours, otherwise it will begin to stretch.
When the bushes grow a couple of true leaves, they are transplanted to a permanent place in the flower bed. Given that the gypsophila grows strongly, a distance of 0.7 to 1 m should be left between the bushes, and even more between the rows. The bush will grow the maximum decorative form in three years.